Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is impressed by the standard of Ligue 1 since joining Lille on-loan.

His early impressions of Ligue 1 are good.

"It is very technical, and very tactical. That is the principal philosophy of this league," he told France Football.

"Players in Ligue 1 are very intelligent. Everything is thought through. It is very different to England. I wouldn't say that it is better or worse though. Usually, it should take three to six months for a player to settle into playing in a new league. I am just very happy with the way things have gone so far as I have adapted very quickly."